If you want to visit ghost towns in California, this book will guide you to the best locations, with maps, thorough descriptions and color photos. Author Philip Varney, who has been prowling ghost towns since the 1970s, has written eight ghost town guidebooks.
In this new book, he concentrates on the California ghost towns that are most deserving of visits. His definition of a ghost town is a place that has experienced a steep decline in population and whose original reason for existence, such as mining, has disappeared. He omits from his book ghost towns where there is little left to see.
Varney visited or revisited every site included in this book in 2010 or 2011, so the information is up to date. The book includes digital photographs that brilliantly capture the locations. Varney said he took the photos without a flash or tripod to illustrate the kind of photos any visitor could take.
The ghost towns are grouped in the book geographically, so the reader, for example, could easily make a tour of nine ghost towns in the Mother Lode or six in the Mojave Desert.
Ghost Towns of California: Your Guide to the Hidden History and Old West Haunts of California, is published by Voyageur Press with a cover price of $24.99.